From the 4th February to the 18th of March W.Bro Clive Jones of St Mary’s Lodge 8373, a totally blind former soldier, took on a series of challenges set for him by his friends and family in Market Drayton. During the Six Nations rugby tournament Clive, a very proud Welshman, set out to raise much needed funds for Blind Veterans UK. This charity was set up for blinded former servicemen and women, and it has supported Clive since he was blinded whilst serving in December 2000. Since then Blind Veterans UK have supported Clive and given him back his independence. Clive now lives independently at home and in his local community, and it’s all thanks to his strength of character and the support from Blind Veterans UK, his family and his friends.
Clive's Six Nations challenge was based in The Kings Arms in Market Drayton, a great pub with a wonderful atmosphere. It has fun, laughter and charity in its heart and raises money through the locals for many different charities and good causes. To read about Clive's challenges click here.
Clive has also been supported by many other pubs in town and their customers to make his challenge worth while for Blind Veterans UK. Clive wished to thank all staff and customers at the following pubs for their help: The Kings Arms, The Kings Head, The Lord Hill. The Joiners Arms, The Salopian Star and The Sambrook Vaults. The necessity of visiting all of them (in some cases many times) has been a burden that he has had to bear!
Clive also wished to thank his biggest supporter in Basil Brockhurst of Basil's Taxis. It was his idea that Clive took on this challenge. Thanks also go to Steve of IYF (In Your Face) of Market Drayton for his printing and publicity and Mr Ray Barber (Ernie) for purchasing the shirt.
Says Clive: "I wished to leave the biggest thank you till last and that is for you. the Brethren of this wonderful Province and the town of Market Drayton for getting behind me to raise a fantastic amount of money for Blind Veterans UK."
"I was set a target of £1,500. With the kindness and generosity of Market Drayton and the surrounding areas I have raised in excess of £2,000 for this wonderful Charity”.
Clive looks forward to his next fundraiser, which is a Quiz and Raffle in the Kings Head, Market Drayton on Saturday, 8th April, starting at 2000h. All are welcome and Clive hopes to see you there, to continue our fundraising for the 2019 Festival.